Orange, California, is a community that has preserved its rich heritage in the Old Towne area. It is located just three miles to the north of Santa Ana, the county seat of Orange County. About 140,000 individuals live in the city of Orange. The community fully surrounds the affluent community of Villa Park.
Spanish explorers accompanied by Father Junipero Serra came to the area in the late 1700s. Mission San Juan Capistrano was the first full-time European settlement in the area in 1776. Jose Antonio Yorba received a large land grant from the Spanish Empire in 1801. Today, the communities of Orange, Tustin, Santa Ana, Villa Park, Newport Beach and Costa Mesa are all situated on the land encompassed by this original land grant.
Orange is distinctive in that it chose to preserve many of the original homes built here in the early 20th century rather than demolish them like most surrounding communities did. As a result, Old Towne is a now a unique part of the community. The one sq-mi area surrounds the original town plaza. It includes the oldest soda fountain and the oldest operating bank in all of Orange County.
Parks and Recreation
The city of Orange operates about two dozen parks
. The 16-acre Eisenhower Park includes a large lake that offers anglers of all ages a chance to pursue the next big fish. Yorba Park covers 8.5 acres, of which two acres are set up as a dog park.
Attractions and Activities
The Lewis Ainsworth House is an excellent example of American Craftsman architecture that,has been fully restored and opened as a museum. The home was built over 100 years ago as a retirement home for the businessman, Lewis Ainsworth. The home was actually designed by his daughter Ina. It then remained in the Ainsworth family for over six decades. The city of Orange then purchased the residence in 1976, and it was subsequently restored.
Orange International Street Fair
is an annual Labor Day weekend event that was inspired by the original 1910 street fair in the community. Profits from the fair go to various non-profit charities in the community. Live music, cuisine from numerous cultures and kids activities fill the long weekend. Artisans and craftsmen display their creations as well.
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